What is endurance?
A “Danger!” The candidate has returned to reclaim her crown – 50 years later.
Gamer Martha Bath – who won the game show in 1972 – has come back to add more dough to her winnings.
Bath told host Ken Jennings on Wednesday night’s episode, “Fifty years ago this spring I was on the original daytime show with Art Fleming in New York.”
“Generally ‘Jopardy!’ Appearances belong to a client,” joked Jennings.
Back then, the now-retired CPA eventually scored $40 and a bunch of encyclopedias. Adjusting for inflation, $40 would be about $283 today.
The Seattle, Washington native doubled her winnings by asking, “Perhaps his most famous picture of him was taken in New Jersey in 1951 being bugged by paparazzi on his 72nd birthday.”
This made her the game show champion, and she replied, “Who is Einstein?”
By betting her entire prize pot, Bath’s score went from $15,400 to $30,800 and she overtook former winners Emmett Stanton and Christopher Pennant.
“Or if we count 1972, $30,840,” Jennings joked. “This is much more than a series of encyclopedias.”
Bath also returned for Thursday’s episode but fell short in the final game. She and her competitors Michael Menkhus and Lynda Tsuboi answered the last question correctly.
The quiz show asked, “In 2011, Leland, Mississippi, where Jim Henson grew up, honored Henson and his puppets by renaming a bridge their name, also in a song title.” Menkhus and Bath both emerged victorious, responding, ” What is Rainbow Connection?”
However, Menkhus bet the most money and eventually won.
Social media fans erupted online and applauded Bath’s comeback.
A person wrote“Sad to see Emmett [Stanton] Leaving ‘Jeopardy’ so quickly but Martha Bath is so healthy and played really well. Good for you!”
“Martha Bath got emotional after she starred in Jeopardy! won about 50 years after she appeared in Art Fleming’s version,” one said.
“I was blown away to hear that a woman who won just $40 and a bunch of encyclopedias playing #Jeopardy 50 years ago is now a FLIPPIN’ CHAMPION! Congratulations to Martha Bath from Seattle, Washington. Hats off ma’am”, someone added.
Another wrote Twitter, “Congratulations Martha! Redemption 50 years later! Not only were you BRILLIANT, you looked RADIANT when you finished your fast trip around the sun!”